Thursday, June 28, 2012

Week 5 Previews

Mystery writer #2 for week 5 previews:

Four Horsemen vs. Mean Machine:
MVP(Jason) , DaddyDar(Ayaz) The Mayor (Ahbi) Oh my!! This game is filled with the top bowlers ofthe league and we didn’t even mention the Commissioner Prince. This matchup features 4 of the top 5 bowlers in the league and will be a game that the other teams will be watching. One could only imagine what the trash talking will belike during the game, as ESPN is ready to use their censor button. The real question is how many fans will come to see this epic matchup? Ten thousand? Twenty Thousand? Some people are even scalping tickets in the parking lot forthis main event.

Jason leads his Mean Machine team into unchartered waters where they will face the 1st place and favorites to win it all The Four Horseman. This is the first true test for the Mean Machine. Yes Strike Kings swept them, but that was early in the season. In this handicap league, players like Shazad, Sidd and Kenny will be getting major pins which will give the Mean Machine an edge. All 3 of those bowlers average lower than 144 and must bring their "A" game if Mean Machine has a chance. Jason knows he must bowl over 200's every game but he is capable of doing that as his average is 197. His brother Justin has come out of nowhere averaging 182 pins. He and Ayaz will be battling it out as their averages are basically even. The question is can Justin withstand the trash-talking that Ayaz will bring?

Mean Machine must take advantage of their handicap and try to withstand the top bowlers which are the Four Horseman. Mean Machine is coming off a huge week winning 2 games and taking total pins vs. a great Asian Sensation team. You would think they would have the momentum, but guess again.

The Four Horsemen swept Strike Kings last week and took over first place in the league. That game was packed with controversy and players were called out for tanking. The Four Horsemen withstood all of that and took care of business. Ayaz, Prince and Ahbi are there three main bowlers, and are being compared to Wade, Lebron, and Bosh of the Miami Heat. The question is who will be the fourth bowler. Will it be 'Sneaky Sneaky' Sony or 'Chocolate Thunder' Gage? One of those bowlers will be bowling and will be the X factor for the horsemen. The main question is which team will show up. Will it be The Four horseman who swept Strike Kings? Or will it be The Four Horseman who laid an egg and lost by 200 pins against Bowlsonihal? Regardless, this will be a showdown you do not want to miss.

Strike Kings vs. The Other Guys:
Before last week Strike Kings was on a roll dominating the league and going undefeated. They then ran into a brick wall in the Four Horseman and got swept. After the game there was some chirping of tanking but nevertheless they lost fair and square. Strike Kings just might bring the most dominating team besides the Four Horseman; in that their top three bowlers Raza, Mufty and Don Ali all average over 160. As of now they have the number one bowler in the league in Don Ali, who has shown night in and out he will bring it. Don Ali must be mad from last year’s lost because he has increased his average by over 10 pins. He is one of the few bowlers who have actually increased their average from the fall in that he is averaging almost 207 pins per game.

The X Factor for the Strike Kings has to be Nisar. Nisar has the potential of bowling a great game with his high being a 159, The downfall is he can bowl pretty low as his average is only 127. Add Nisar’s handicap to his high game and that easily surpasses 200 pins easily. Strike Kings better take this game seriously in that they face the Syosset four aka The Other Guys.

The Other Guys are a very dangerous team led by the guy who has the nastiest hook in the league Eddie Santana. Eddie has quickly made a statement averaging 176 and has a high game of 224. Eddie has become a great anchor and faces one of the best in the game in Mufty. This match could come down to one of them throwing a strike and closing it out in the tenth. Put Eddie's skills with Gladson, Ben, and Stanley this is dangerous team and could easily pull off an upset if not a sweep.

Ben, Stanley, and Gladson all average around 155 which mean they will be getting a lot of handicap. If two of the three can bring their A game and go for 180’s these games may be over very fast. These three bowlers like Eddie have came into the league being unknown but quickly become household names. They have showed they can take on the best, and here is another chance to prove that.

The X factor in this Matchup is Ben for The Other Guys. He averages 154, but with a high game of 198, he has the potential of bowling a huge game with handicap. Benny Bravo knows what has to be done, and if he wants to pull off an upset he must get the job done.

With Eddie taking on Mufty the question is who will take on Don Ali and Raza? The individual matchups will be interesting to see, and this should be a great match.

Bowlsonihal vs. Asian Sensation:
Asian Sensation and Bowlsonihal are a battle of two tough teams who both lost 2 games plus total pins the previous week. This matchup is a dead heat in that their total averages from the top four bowlers are only 23 pins apart. That means handicap will not be a factor and these bowlers will have to bowl their tails off. Both of these teams also like to run their mouth and some of them even like to show some skin. Again ESPN is ready incase anything that is not "PG" happens.

Bowlsonihal (which I’m sure no one outside their team can pronounce) is lead by their top dog Satbir and of course Captain Harp. Captain Harp is the only bowler on the team who was in the fall league and knows what it takes to get the job done. Harp and Satbir both have high games over 200 and they may need to do that this week. Mickey and Ushbir both average below 138 which means handicap will be on their side. They have both maxed out at 166 and if they can do that again then Asian Sensation may as well go on a long cigarette break because they have no shot.

The X factor has to be Captain Harp who’s showed he can bowl well over 200, but also has games that he is not proud of. If he can bowl over a 200 Monday, with his handicap, its going to be a long ride home for the Sensation.

Asian Sensation is a loud mouth team and you never know what you will get. Sometimes they talk too much and lose their focus on what’s important which is winning. They have beaten The Four Horsemen, but also lost 4 out of 6 to Mean Machine. With bowlers like Yash whose high game is 234, and Khaled whose is 189, they have the potential to matchup with the best in the game. Yash and Khaled are a great duo to end the game and Khaled has showed he is a true closer. Khaled missed last week and his presence was missed from the sensation as they were off their game. If the sensation have any chance of winning he Khaled must show up.

The X factor has to be the battle of Adam and Amin vs. Ushbir and Mickey. Which bowlers with the 130 average will take the advantage of getting massive handicap? Amin and Adam have bowled over 170 so it can be done. Ushbir and Mickey both bowled a high of 166 which means they are capable of a big game. Who will step up and carry their team to victory?

Given that both team's scores are so close, and even the individual matchups are very close, this may very well be the tightest series of the night.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Position Round #1

With tomorrow being a position round, the teams right next to each other in the standings will square off. That means:

(1) Strike Kings vs. (2) Four Horsemen
(3) Mean Machine vs. (4) Asian Sensation
(5) The Other Guys vs. (6) Bowlsonihal

These match-ups could very likely cause a major shakeup in the standings. Big week for EVERY team.

Summer Power Rankings - Week 3

Our ghost writer has come in with the power rankings:

1. Strike Kings (30 points) - Easy call at #1 right now, they have gone undefeated in the first 3 weeks series wise. They've been taking care of business from the get go. They took care of business week 1 against Bowl Sonihal without there anchor Mufthy Dastgir, and took out Mean Machine easily in week 2. In week 3 after the cruised to a victory in game 1 , they got a scare from Asian Sensation in game 2,but easily defeated them the next game. They have the top bowler in the league Don Ali (205) and arguably one of the best anchors in the league Mufthy Dastgir. The supporting cast for this team Raza Dastgir and Nisar Ahmed is what makes this team hard to beat. Raza is capable of 185+ games at any given week. and Nisar has already mixed in some big games as well. If this team continues to go at its current pace, they will be the favorites to win the title.

2. Four Horsemen (20 points) - With 3 of the top 10 bowlers (Abhi, Ayaz, and Prince) from the league last year coming together has some people calling them a Dynasty. That being said, they have dropped a series to Asian Sensation in week 2. Last week after winning the first 2 games against Bowl Sonihal they lost the 3rd game by 200+ pins which cost them not only 3 points for a loss buy another 2 for total pins. Their handicap is by far is smallest in the league, which can come back to hurt them. However, with Sony, Gage, and Alan, this team is really deep. By the numbers this team is going to be a team no one will want to mess with in the playoffs but they will have to bring there A game week after week because everyone's will be gunning for them as the team to beat to make a statement.

3. Mean Machine (14 points) - Controversial call at #3 currently but they won the head to head match up against Asian Sensation week 1. They have 2 of the top 3 bowlers in the league Jason (186) and Justin Reis (187) . Their depth after the top 2 will be questioned. Kenny, Sid and Shazad will have to give solid contributions all season for this team to make the playoffs. It's to early to tell were this team will be in the standings by the end of the season. They're talented, but will they have enough to compete against all the top teams?

4. Asian Sensation (14 points ) - Were do we begin with this team? Whether or not Asian Sensation is doing well or not, you will definitely know it. One of the more animated teams in the league they have arguably 2 of the biggest trash talkers (after Ayaz of course) in Amin and Yash. For all the talking Yash has done, he's quickly moved up the rankings by his career high game and series week 3 by bowling a 234 high game and a 597 high series but it wasn't enough to get his team a series win. They are the only team so far to take down the Four Horseman. However they have dropped there other 2 series to Mean Machine and Strike Kings . This team definitely has depth, and has shown great improvement since last season. They must consistently bowl well as a team in order for them to make a deep run and close out games against the top teams.

5. The Other Guys (11 points) - What is going on with this team? After getting swept in week 1 by the Four Horsemen they bounced back week 2 with a victory over Bowlsonihal. But the surprise came week 3 when they lost to Mean Machine who were without their best bowler Jason Reis. This team definitely has talent and probably has the biggest advantage in the league with the current handicap in place. Eddie leads the way with his 178 average and is easily capable of keeping up with the anchor of any team. His high game of 224 speaks for itself. This team gets scary with the additions of Gladson, Stanley, and Ben who all Avg around 150. With their current averages based on 150 they get a handicap of 40 pins each. This is big because every bowler on this team is capable of big games (as evidenced by Stanley's 171, Gladson's 188, and Ben's 198). Add 40 pins to those scores and you have easy victories. This team is 5th in the rankings but they can easily change that as we are only 3 weeks in.

6. Bowlsonihal (10 points) - This team has yet to win a series, but shows promise. After getting swept week 1 against the Strike Kings, week 2 this team lost 2 games to The Other Guys but game 3 is were this team showed that they can play. Not only did they win game 3 but they won it by enough pins to take total pins away from there opponent . Which earned them 5 points. Week 3 seemed like a replica of week 2 but against the Four Horseman. After losing the first two games, Satbir who leads the team with a 162 average, came out firing on all cyclinders. He bowled his best game of the season (221) and had solid contributions from his team captain Harpreet and company . Bowl Sonihal won game 3 by 200 pins and yet again won total pins and walked away with 5 points. So this team has shown they can put on a performance but the question will be can they do it for more then one game a week .

Friday, June 22, 2012

Site Updated

The stats page and team standings are updated. See where your team ranks and see how you fare against the league!

Monday, June 11, 2012

South Asian Sports Network - Featuring Meta World Peace / Ron Artest and boxer Amir King Khan

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Host Ammad Sheikh was flying solo as cohost Siddique Farooqi was out. First Ammad and Siddique played an interview that was recorded earlier that day with Meta World Peace aka Ron Artest. The Lakers star and former Indiana Pacer talked about his incident with James Harden. What his thoughts were about Kobe Bryant. Who the best center in the NBA was? What his real thoughts were about Mike Brown's coaching this year. He talked about his record label and his rap career and his mix tape. Amir Khan was interviewed by SASN corespondent Mir Ali who aked Amir Khan about his upcoming fight with Danny Garcia. A lot of talk was surrounding this fight and the fact that Danny Garcia's father made a lot of comments that were racial in nature. Those offensive comments against South Asians were responded to by Amir Khan. Amir talked about Manny Pacquio and Timothy Bradley and the potential for controversy in boxing. The Yankees vs Met's interleague rivalry is one thing that dominates NY. We talked a little Yankees and Met's tonight as the Yankees were leading the Met's 2-0 at the show's start. Show was sponsored by (halal, organic, and vegetarian vitamins) and Peak Time Travel the #1 travel agent in the tri state area)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

SASN June 1st Episode - featuring Ayaz Daddy Dar talking about SABowl Season 2

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Hosts Ammad Sheikh and Anwar Sadat host the show on June 1st.

First guest was Ayaz Daddy Dar who stopped by to hype up the next season of the South Asian Bowling League He talked about the 7 confirmed teams and the search for the 8th and final team. Ayaz was very confident that the season was going to even better than last year now that every player will have a handicap. That means that top players like Jason Reis would not have an advantage of being a great bowler.

Kashif Chaudhary of SABL 28+ talked about the 6 teams that they have signed up for the inaugural season. Kashif mentioned that he could have had more teams but was hurt by the amount of gym rental time that he had. He predicted huge growth in the SABL 28+ and gave us a synopsis of the entire league.

Ammad and Anwar debated the merits of the power ranking and spoke about whether some teams deserved to be ranked where they were ranked.

They were then joined by Latif Usman who spoke about the upcoming fight of Sadam Ali on June 2nd in Brooklyn's Aviator complex. Sadam Ali an up and coming fighter who has been featured on ESPN Friday night Fights is undefeated 13-0 with 8 knockouts. He is also self promoting this fight an unusual step for a fighter so young.

Lastly Ammad made a blockbuster announcement as Meta World Peace formerly known as Ron Artest will be joining Ammad and Siddique Farooqi next week to talk about the Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Brown, Andrew Bynum and the incident with James Harden.